I went to a small Art Fair on Sunday. My good friend's duo was playing the middle of a bill of all afternoon entertainment. Pretty low key, so no stage manager, etc. Just a FOH guy who was bored for the most part. The acts (with the exception of my friend, who has multiple platinum and gold records) had absolutely no respect for those coming on, or leaving the stage. The duo before my friend, left all their gear on stage, and went to sell merch. My friend got a little annoyed because there was a scheduled 10 minute changeover. Another act's drummer packed his kit from the riser. Acts left their gear all over the place, walked across the stage during other acts. A lot of us have played, or are playing, shows without stagehands. If you need to clear your own gear, assume you have ten minutes to get your gear off, the next acts gear on, and somebody to move all the drum mics. Surprisingly, that does not allow enough time to have a beer before tearing down, nor chatting with the fans. Move gear first- Pick up girls afterward. Etiquette- After the last drum beat, say thankyou/goodnight . All of you, leave the stage for 15 seconds. This lets the audience know it's over. Come back, and get the drums off the stage(all of you). If the FOH person had not gotten the mics off yet, unclip them and put them in a logical place near where they will go on the next drum kit. Get your own gear off stage, and THEN pack it. On our way up the musical ladder (and sometimes on the way back down) there will be times there is no one to tell you what to do, or giving directions. These are the times the pros will shine thru. A lot of it is common sense. Think about your set up and teardown, and MORE IMPORTANTLY, how you are leaving the stage for the next act. P.S.- Last thing before you go- pick up your beer/water bottles!!!!!!!